Awareness

I Can't Get to Sleep

I Can’t Get to Sleep!

By Yvette | 26/11/2014

Insomnia is any kind of poor sleep that affects the quality of your life. Most of us go through times in our lives when we experience this. I can’t get to sleep! If you have a baby or young children, you will be familiar with sleep deprivation. Alternatively, you may be going through a time…

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Place of Serenity | Mindfulness and Meditation

Quiet miracles

By Yvette | 10/11/2014

‘Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention’ From ‘For Presence’ by John O’ Donohue Notice the everyday quiet miracles These quiet miracles are what keep me going! When my mind spins down towards negativity, I bring my awareness to the simplest things before me. Yesterday I got out of the house…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 10/10/2014

Judy Bartholomew of www.freefromwithattitude.com invited me to guest blog.  Follow the link to her website to read more about her expertise. Read here about Mindfulness and Illness.   Tough times: Mindfulness and illness When you are going through tough times such as illness, including cancer, how can you support yourself and remain steady? Implementing mindfulness…

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The Still point

The still point

By Yvette | 06/09/2014

How are you able to manage stressful days? I like the idea that you can become powerful by the use of a pause – a moment of stillness or a still point. The Still Point The still point is a momentary stillness. Sit still for a second or two and follow your breath. Discover the…

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The breath

The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm. Stay peaceful with the breath You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos choose to focus on the present moment. It doesn’t have to be the weekend or time away…

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Pause

Pause – it’s that simple!

By Yvette | 27/06/2014

Sometimes things are so simple that we overlook their worth. Take the power of a simple pause. The Pause and Patience A powerful pause opens up space for patience. Patience might have a ring of worthiness about it. We may even dismiss it in favour of the wilder ‘snap-shot’ decision or ‘just off the top…

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Change the world

Change the world!

By Yvette | 13/06/2014

Do you want to change the world with the work you do? Change the world one chocolate square at a time! I was at a Business Event in Winchester where one of the speakers was Josephine Fairley. She was co-founder of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate. She believes that a business can be both ethical…

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Habits

Are you stuck with your daily habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We feel safe with many of our day-to-day habits. Our routines get us out of bed in the morning and we don’t like to be shaken up by unexpected events. Of course we don’t enjoy the unexpected; unheated water in our shower or the car not starting for work. That’s fair enough But what if…

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Mindful listening

I hear you with mindful listening

By Yvette | 29/05/2014

Many of us are blessed with the gift of hearing. Yet it is only through mindful listening that we really hear. What do we usually hear? We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening has more to it than you might think. When a person is speaking to you, what do you…

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Thank you

Thank You!

By Yvette | 01/05/2014

‘If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.’ Meister Eckhart Thank you We often forget to say it. We overlook so many good things in our lives and take so much for granted. I wonder why! It’s easy to do. Start with whispering the words ‘thank…

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Manage your hormones with meditation

Manage your hormones with meditation!

By Yvette | 15/03/2014

How can you manage your hormones with meditation? Use mindful breathing: Spend a minimum of 10 minutes just sitting with the breath. Focus solely on your breathing and be compassionate towards yourself. During this time your mindful breathing elicits the brain’s rest-repose response. This fills your body with feel-good hormones (known as endorphins). These include…

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Get out of your head

Get out of your head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

We spend a huge proportion of our time caught up with our thoughts. How can you get out of your head and be more present? Get out of your head and into your heart space You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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Joy breathing

Joy Breathing

By Yvette | 03/02/2014

You can choose what to focus on in any given moment. Right now, try some JOY BREATHING! Joy Breathing Meditation Close your eyes. Remember an occasion when you felt joyful. Smile and let your body relax and experience feeling joyful and happy. Allow those feelings of happiness to spread like a warm glowing sun.  Sense…

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perspective

Pebbles of perspective

By Yvette | 02/02/2014

It’s important to get life into perspective. Pebbles of perspective ‘A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet…

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Is there anybody there?

Is there anybody there?

By Yvette | 28/01/2014

I’ve always loved this atmospheric poem by Walter de la Mere. Yvette   Place of Serenity     The Listeners by Walter de la Mere (1873-1956) ‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller, Knocking on the moonlit door; And his horse in the silence champ’d the grasses Of the forest’s ferny floor: And a bird…

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January blues

January blues

By Yvette | 03/01/2014

January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting! Do you have the January blues? Keep inspired and beat the January blues During the winter months we might spend less time outside in nature. Yet we can still nurture our sense of belonging and connect with nature in other ways. On dim,…

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splinter

A splinter in the heart

By Yvette | 17/12/2013

One of my favourite ever stories is ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Anderson. An enchanted mirror On listening to a re-telling of this story recently, I had forgotten about how it all started. A wicked goblin put an enchantment on a mirror so that whoever looked into it, saw only bad and nasty things…

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Place of Serenity | Thanks a lot

Thanks a lot!

By Yvette | 27/11/2013

Have you noticed how much of our lives run on assumptions and habits? We take a lot for granted and forget to say thanks. Thanks a lot! We sometimes use the phrase, ‘Thanks a lot’ ironically. But have you ever thought about all the things in your life you could be thankful for? We wake…

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